A major strength in my practice is the
emphasis on patient education.
During your initial examination and at each recall periodic
exam and cleaning, we will assess your oral hygiene and the
resulting state of your gums. Basic oral hygiene is presented
through video tape and individual demonstration of flossing and
brushing techniques. You can also receive a "Mouth Owners
Manual." You receive an Owner's Manual for also
everything you own from a car to a toaster but most of us never
received detailed information on how to proper care for our
teeth and gums.
We have a second video for our patient's with periodontal
problems that can inform and motivate them on the extra
concerns of gum disease.
CAESY Education System
In addition, we use the CAESY Enterprise and DVD systems to
review individual oral hygiene topics (Irrigation, Floss
Threaders, Fluorides, Sealants, etc.) as well as other general
topics on dentistry (Root Canals, Cosmetic Dentistry, Implants,
If there is any presentation that you would like to show
someone else -- just ask and we are now able to make a custom
take-home CD with just the topics you want. You can also get
info from their patient information site which you can print
out on your printer.
Click here to go to the On-Line CAESY
Plain Old Doctor-Patient
I feel that a major part of my role as a dentist is as a
dental educator and communicator. In addition to many pamphlets
and charts, I like to sit patients up and discuss my findings
face to face. Many patients have a variety of previous dental
experiences and many of my patients are amazed at how things
have changed. I try to talk in plain English and educate about
various dental terms, rather than talking in Dentalease -- if
there is ever anything that you don't understand, please feel
free to stop me and ask. I try to follow the philosophy of
"Inform before Performing" any needed dental care. We can
explore all of your treatment options. For example, when most
of a tooth is more filling than tooth and part of the remaining
walls fractures off during chewing, we generally recommend a
crown to cover the tooth. I however have had patients who could
not afford a crown and alternatives such as extended fillings
or temporary crowns have been done, while the patient prepares
for being able to afford a crown.
I hope that the many links on this site will serve to
explain many aspects of modern dentistry, so you can be well
informed about all that is offered and available to you and
your family and friends.